I have deleted a prior similar thread whose example sentence was too confusing. I am now using a more simple example. Would you use SINGULAR or PLURAL, and why?
Many biopsies are pointless because their tested cells are not sufficiently similar to constitute a fungal system. (SINGULAR)
Many biopsies are pointless because their tested cells are not sufficiently similar to constitute fungal systems. (PLURAL)
The intended meaning is that a biopsy only makes sense if its tested cells form a single fungal system.
I would pick SINGULAR but I am hesitating because it could give rise to the misinterpretation that the tested cells of all biopsies should belong to a single fungal system. On the other hand, PLURAL could also be misinterpreted as meaning that a biopsy should have multiple fungal systems.